links – my favorite Fall nail looks

Holographic The weather is still hot but Fall is looming and with it the gorgeous Fall fashions. Nail polish has to be the easiest way to update your look and creative nail colors and designs are still having their moment. Here are some of the newest looks. Which ones will you try? (Click on each photo for source)Metallic Cobalt Blue Gray Crystal Stickers Pretty in Pastel

guest bathroom beauty

This guest bathroom was dark and narrow when we first moved in (see before photo below) so, without doing a full remodel, I replaced the vanity with a pedestal sink and removed the large mirror glued to the wall. The room instantly felt bigger. I love the feeling of 'furnishing' a bathroom, which a framed mirror and artwork help to create. To keep the room in line with the rest of the house all base boards and molding were removed,…

red skinnies/black wedge gladiators

LC Lauren Conrad distressed skinny jeans $10.80 (sale), Report Signature black gladiator sandals $54.95, charcoal drapey cardigan like this, Mossimo white tee $10.00, White House Black Market convertible necklace, Goyard tote bag, Ray Ban aviator sunglasses, Cartier bangles, artisan cocktail ring, silver knot earrings. I love my red skinnies. I also love my black wedge gladiators, but sometimes it can be tricky to know what to pair them both with. Putting them together with a white t-shirt and a charcoal, drapey…

DIY chevron stripe cork board

I was inspired by those clever jewelry storage solutions collected here, last week. First, I did the clean-out. I dumped all of my bangles, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets in one place and wiped out the drawer, trays, and Ikea jewelry tree I'd been using. The best part of this process was finding pieces I'd completely forgotten about! I weeded out the out-of-fashion, the tired-looking, and the broken, only putting back what I really love plus a couple of sentimental items.…

summer chicken satay with peanut sauce

Australian actress, director, writer, and producer, Jane Kennedy has turned her hand to cookbooks filled with delicious recipes, minus the boombah. Boombah: (adj) Word to describe food that makes your arse huge. I've been making these recipes for more than a year now and my whole family loves them. This is an unapologetic wake-up call about eating less fattening foods but it is hilarious at the same time. You'll be laughing while you cook yourself slim. The book is available…

organize your jewelry

Shadow boxes to show off your most striking pieces My jewelry drawer hadn't been organized for way too long and, judging by how many times I haven't been able to find that second earring or spent ten minutes undoing a knotted necklace, today was the day.  I'm posting links to some of my favorite creative and clever jewelry storage solutions to inspire us all! (click on each photo for the source) Recycled picture frame with wire Ice cube trays to…

striped maxi skirt

Max Studio black & tan striped maxi like this, American Apparel black dolman top $32, black raffia clutch like this, Franco Sarto tan & gold sandals like this, Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses $150, Cartier bangles, Cartier rose gold men's watch (my husband's - just borrowing it, babe!), pendant (self made). I love the striped maxi skirts this summer, but this one is my favorite. The stripes run in the most flattering, slimming way and it's super soft and comfortable. I spent…

what to wear to the game – summer

Calvin Klein black & white striped t-shirt dress like this, San Diego Hat Co. black hat $42, aqua wrap bracelet $195, raffia clutch like this, Michael Kors aqua moccasins $99.  I've been logging big hours on the sports sidelines in the last couple of weeks (in my case, poolside) with a lot of early starts and long, hot days. I've found the shirt-dress has been my go-to uniform, either t-shirt or button down for an all day, pulled together look that's both cool…

flower style

I love these white mini hydrangeas and I've found that my local supermarket sells good quality, long lasting flowers (roses from there last weeks!) at very reasonable prices, but I don't like giving posies, in their rubber bands and supermarket packaging, as gifts. These bunches are often quite small, so I cut away all of the original wrapping and combined two bunches of mini hydrangeas. I keep a roll of clear cellophane and natural  raffia on hand so I can re-wrap…

Nectarines Poached in Lavender-Honey Syrup

  This delicate and pretty dessert (recipe here) tastes as lovely as it looks, a perfect way to finish a summer-time lunch or dinner for girlfriends. It's delicious and reasonably guilt-free. These edible lavender buds need to be special ordered from The Spice House (mine arrived in a couple of days). They are a good thing to have in  your spice collection and can be used to create lavender ice cream among other yummy delicacies.  **The only things I changed…